Coming up in NY: Brandee Younger, the Baylor Project, Damien Sneed & Keyon Harrold

The Catskill Jazz Factory and Absolutely Live Entertainment present the final installment of JAZZ & CHIHULY: Songs of Protest and Reconciliation, a stunning evening of iconic repertoire performed by an all-star ensemble assembled and led by award-winning pianist Damien Sneed with special guest Keyon Harrold on trumpet. Together, Sneed and this accomplished group will offer an unforgettable blend of jazz, soul, gospel, and contemporary music in a night speaking to the challenges and hopes of our time: think Nina Simone's anthem "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free, " Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water, " or Stevie Wonder's "You Will Know." Don't miss this spectacular final event of JAZZ & CHIHULY at The New York Botanical Garden!

Sunday, August 20th, 2017 - The Baylor Project

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 - Brandee Younger
The Jazz Standard

The Jazz Standard, located at 116 E 27th St, New York, NY is proud to welcome husband and wife duo, The Baylor Project and genre-defying harpist, Brandee Younger on two separate, highly-anticipated nights of jazz performances. On Sunday, August 20th, Jean and Marcus Baylor will showcase music from their recently released debut album "The Journey". On Tuesday, August 22nd, accomplished jazz harpist Brandee Younger will bring her esteemed quartet to the Manhattan jazz club. On each of these nights, both of these acts will perform two sets of truly innovative and energetic music at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Tickets are available here.

The Jazz Standard is thrilled to present The Baylor Project, which will feature the star-studded line-up of Keith Loftis on tenor saxophone, Terry Brewer on piano and Ben Williams on bass. The pair, with the help of their ensemble, will present a dynamic and exuberant night of jazz, while incorporating elements of gospel and R&B. On February 10th, Be A Light released The Baylor Prohect's debut album "The Journey", and later that same week, was proud to announce that it had debuted at number 8 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. "The Journey" has not only been topping the charts, but has also received worldwide acclaim from outlets such as All About Jazz, Hot House, Soul Tracks, Soulbounce and more. "The Journey, " showcases the Baylor's outstanding versatility with a dynamic collection of original compositions, newly arranged standards and reimagined hymns. Upon pressing play, listeners are transported into the heart of the black experience: inside a little church in the mountains of West Virginia built by Jean's ancestors, hands are clapping, feet are stomping on time tested hardwood floors, and voices testify to the power of prayer in song.

On Tuesday, August 22nd, jazz harpist Brandee Younger, with the help of Chelsea Baratz on saxophone, Dezron Douglas on bass and EJ Strickland on drums, will perform selections from her latest album "Wax & Wane" as well as pieces that pull from the repertoire of Alice Coltrane. Younger is highly respected within the contemporary jazz scene. "Wax & Wane" was placed on several best-of-2016 lists and garnered attention from NPR, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, The New York Times and others. Younger delivers a consistently fresh take on the ancient instrument as an educator, event curator, performer and leader of the Brandee Younger Jazz Harp Quartet. Known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire as well as her continued work with a diverse cross-section of musical talents, Younger is widely recognized as a creative linchpin whose nuanced presence and willingness to push boundaries make her irreplaceable on record and in performance.


"The Baylor Project" is an innovative collaboration merging the talents and creativity of this dynamic husband and wife duo, Marcus and Jean Baylor. Both artists have established themselves in the music community, Marcus as a jazz musician having toured and recorded with Kenny Garrett, John Scofield, Cassandra Wilson, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride and as a long-time member of the Grammy Award Winning, Yellowjackets. Jean first established herself in R&B as a platinum selling recording artist and later emerged in jazz having recorded and toured with Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller, Yellowjackets, Jimmy Greene and legends, Harold Mabern and Buster Williams. The Baylor Project was founded in 2013.


Downbeat's John Murph claims that "If Younger continues to evolve as an improviser, bandleader, and composer, a masterpiece will surely be in her future".

A classically train­ed harpist, New York native Brandee Younger is a graduate of the prestigious Hartt School of Music as well as New York University's Steinhardt School. Over the past decade, Younger has shared the stage with a host of jazz luminaries including Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Pharoah Sanders and particularly Ravi Coltrane, whom she began working with in 2007 to honor his late mother Alice Coltrane. Her debut EP "Prelude" was released in June 2011 to critical acclaim. As a classical musician, Younger has been featured as a soloist with The Harlem Chamber Players and has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony, Soulful Symphony, Ensemble Du Monde, Camerata New York and the Red Bull Artsehcro, a "non-conformist" orchestra. In hip hop and R&B, Younger has worked with Common, Drake, John Legend and most recently, Lauryn Hill, to name a few. Younger has released three other recordings as a leader including the EP "Prelude", released in 2011, "Live At The Breeding Ground", released in 2014, and "Wax & Wane" from 2016.

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